The first of Yasmin Ahmad’s winsome (and controversial) films, Sepet tells a simple boy-meets-girl tale that belies Malaysian societal tension.
To others, Orked and Jason’s romance seems like it shouldn’t work. Orked is a middle-class Malay girl while Jason is a Chinese boy who makes a living selling bootleg DVDs. But as their unlikely relationship deepens, the pair find ways to bridge the gaps between their two worlds.
Released in 2004, Sepet was met with criticism for its subject matter and portrayal of Islamic women, but it found its way onto international screens as a Malaysian gem. Indeed, Yasmin Ahmad’s debut feature was a wake-up call to Malaysian filmmakers, rousing them on to tell their own local stories. After passing away in 2009, Ahmad left a legacy of humanity in her films, reminding her fans of the importance of transcending borders.
Cast & Credits
Yasmin Ahmad had a vision for Malaysians to look beyond race, ethnicity and culture. She espoused this vision in her feature films (such as her ‘Orked trilogy’ and Talentime), as well as her commercial work (at Leo Burnett Kuala Lumpur). Her bold handling of social issues endeared her to many, until her untimely death at 51.
Elyna Shukri, Rosnah Kassim
Ng Choo Seong, Sharifah Amani, Linus Chung